Team’s ap­peal to get young­sters to big game

Middleton Guardian - - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON - EMMA CURRY

AFOOTBALL team for young­sters is rais­ing thou­sands of pounds to take 120 chil­dren to watch a Pre­mier League foot­ball team.

Mid­dle­ton Colts Foot­ball Academy needs more than £3,000 for a Christ­mas trip to a Man­ches­ter City v Crys­tal Palace game on De­cem­ber 22.

Jonny Mun­son, who plays for the adults’ team, launched Mid­dle­ton Colts at St Anne’s Academy less than 18 months ago and has watched the club go from strength to strength.

It has grown in size, now cater­ing for 150 young­sters, with 16 teams for ages rang­ing from four to 11 years old.

Last Christ­mas, 31-year-old Jonny, from Mid­dle­ton, de­cided to give the boys a treat and took them to a Man­ches­ter City match.

Then only 54 chil­dren took part, but this year Jonny is of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity again and 120 young­sters want to go

He cre­ated a Go Fund Me page which raised £1,400 in three weeks, and the team have also held ‘dads v dads’ tour­na­ments, in which each par­ent raised be­tween £20 and £100 for the cause.

Al­to­gether, the Colts have raised around £2,450, which has paid for the tick­ets for all 120 boys and the 35 adults go­ing with them – now they just need the funds to cover trans­port to the game, which has been quoted at £595.

Jonny said: “I did this be­cause I be­lieve every­one should have the op­por­tu­nity to watch a Pre­mier League game.

“Mid­dle­ton isn’t a very well off area and £3 to one per­son is a meal to some­one else.

“For some of these chil­dren it will be their first ever foot­ball match.

“We are all about the chil­dren at Mid­dle­ton Colts and I think that’s why we have had the suc­cess we have had in such a short time.

“We use Man­ches­ter City as they are a fam­ily club and have been more than ac­com­mo­dat­ing and gave us some dis­count as well.

“We go to the game for club bond­ing, what­ever team you sup­port, it’s just a nice day out just be­fore Christ­mas for all the boys to en­joy them­selves – front row at a Man­ches­ter City match with 126 kids and 35 plus adults.”

The Go Fund Me page is now closed and the team hopes to raise the funds for trans­port through subs and spon­sors. Cash dona­tions can still be re­ceived at the club’s spon­sor busi­nesses, Sal­vage Bar­bers and Pear­son Fer­rier es­tate agents in Mid­dle­ton and Mid­dle­ton Mar­ket’s re­cep­tion.

Mid­dle­ton Colts

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